It’s time to shed some light on the 11 TIFs inside the 4th Ward. Join us on Monday, May 13 at 6pm at Room 43 to learn: - How much property tax is extracted from each TIF inside the ward - How much money FROM the ward was left in the TIFs at the end of 2011 - What projects inside the... Read more
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Is your alderman on the list of sponsors of the Privatization Transparency Ordinance”? If so, call them and tell them to get it out of Alderman Mell’s committee and have voted on by the full City Council. The sponsor is 6th Ward Alderman, Roderick Sawyer. He said, upon introducing this bill in November of 2012, “I do not believe that there... Read more
It was Mayor Daley (I and II) all over again. In the old days, when an alderman dared to question the mayor their mike was often shut off. In other ploys meetings were quickly gaveled out of session. Opponents of a planned gift of $29 million in public funds for a luxury high-rise across the street from Lincoln Park got... Read more
CivicLab co-founder Tom Tresser will be presenting at eChicago at UIC on Friday, April 26 on the TIF Illumination Project, as part of a panel on technology and community engagement.
Join us at The Peoples Church on April 11 at 7pm when we Illuminate the six TIFs inside the 46th Ward. If the last five TIF town meetings are any guides, then this meeting is going to ROCK! You can get the details and RSVP via Facebook @ http://tinyurl.com/TIF-Forum-April-11. We invite to learn what TIFs are doing in YOUR... Read more
Thanks to the great folks at AREA Chicago we are distributing 5,000 copies of the TIF Illumination Project’s graphic poster showing the results of our investigation of the 12 TIFs inside the 27th Ward. Awesome! The poster was designed by Carlyn So. The Spring 2013 issue focuses on housing.
From Progress Illinois, “Dozens of South Shore residents weren’t too happy upon learning that a portion of their property taxes have been used as part of the city’s tax increment financing, or TIF, program. Tom Tresser, co-founder of the CivicLab, came to the 7th Ward, and is heading to others, as part of the volunteer-based TIF Illumination Project, which is intended to promote TIF... Read more
How bad are Illinois’ finances? Would you believe bad enough to be called illegal by the SEC? According to The Chicago Tribune, “Illinois broke federal securities laws and “misled investors” in misstating the true health of the state’s depleted pension funds between 2005 and early 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday…’Municipal investors are no less entitled to truthful... Read more
Join us in Englewood on March 9. This is the first citizen-powered town meeting to come out of the February 12 TIF Town Meeting we did at the Chopin Theater.
From The Chicago Reader: “I was hoping Mayor Daley would show up for last night’s TIF town hall meeting at the Chopin Theatre. After all, Mayor Daley pretty much invented the TIF program as we practice it in Chicago. You might say he turned it into a work of art—of the corrupt Chicago variety. The least he could have done is show... Read more